Introduction to Neuroscience

Listed in: Neuroscience, as NEUR-226  |  Psychology, as PSYC-226

Faculty

JP Baird or Sarah M. Turgeon

Ethan Graf or Josef G. Trapani

Description

An introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system, this course will explore the neural bases of behavior at the cellular and systems levels. Basic topics in neurobiology, neuroanatomy and physiological psychology will be covered with an emphasis on understanding how neuroscientists approach the study of the nervous system. Three class hours and four hours of laboratory per week.

Requisites: PSYC 212 or BIOL 181 or 191. Limited to 36 students. Spring semester.

Animal Physiology

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-260

Faculty

Josef G. Trapani

Description

This course will examine the function of tissues, organs, and organ systems, with an emphasis on the relationship between structure and function. Building outward from the level of the cell, we will study bodily processes including respiration, circulation, digestion and excretion. In addition, the course will address how different organisms regulate these complex processes and how ion and fluid balance is maintained. We will also study the nervous system in the context of sensory systems, focusing on how external stimuli are transformed into meaningful neuronal signals and processed by the brain. Weekly discussions will include readings from primary literature. Four classroom hours per week.

 Requisites: BIOL 191 and either BIOL 181 or NEUR 226.  Fall or Spring semester.  Professor Trapani


Neurophysiology

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-351; Neuroscience, as NEUR-351

Faculty

Josef G. Trapani

Description

This course will provide a deeper understanding of the physiological properties of the nervous system. We will address the mechanisms underlying electrical activity in neurons, as well as examine the physiology of synapses; the transduction and integration of sensory information; the function of nerve circuits; the trophic and plastic properties of neurons; and the relationship between neuronal activity and behavior. Laboratories will apply electrophysiological methods to examine neuronal activity and will include experimental design as well as analysis and presentation of collected data. Throughout the course, we will focus on past and current neurophysiology research and how it contributes to the field of neuroscience. Three classroom hours and three hours of laboratory work per week.

Requisites: BIOL 191 and CHEM 151; PHYS 117 or 124 is recommended. Limited to 24 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Trapani.


Seminar in Physiology

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-450; Neuroscience, as NEUR-450

Faculty

Josef G. Trapani

Description

Concentrating on reading and interpreting primary research, this course will focus on classic and soon-to-be classic neurophysiology papers. We will discuss the seminal experiments performed in the 1950's that led to our understanding of action potentials; experiments in the 1960's and 1970's that unlocked how synapses function; and more recent research that combines electrophysiology with optical methods and genetic techniques to investigate the role of many of the molecular components predicted by the work from the earlier decades. Assignments will include written reviews of literature as well as oral presentations. Meets once for 180 minutes per week

Requisites: PHYS 117 or PHYS 124 and either NEUR 226, BIOL 260, BIOL 351, or consent of the instructor. Limited to 12 students.  Fall or Spring semester.  Professor Trapani.